How to Install Ceiling Roses

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Traditional ceiling rose is a well-known ceiling decoration, which has been used over centuries. It transforms the plain ceiling and is often used as a light fitting or a chandelier feature.

Generally, the shape of the ceiling rose is round or ovular with unique decorative fringe around it. It is available in a broad range of designs from traditional to modern, and from simple to intricate. Ceiling roses are typically made from plaster but nowadays there are various options available.

You can paint the ceiling rose the same colour as the ceiling, or if you want it to stand out, you can choose a different colour. Which only makes it look more beautiful.

Ceiling roses can be more attractive and fantastic if you install additional decorations, such as other trims and mouldings including architraves and cornices to your ceiling.

Ceiling Rose Installation

When you decide to install ceiling roses, you need to make sure you have the right tools first. Here is a list of what you need to prepare and how to start.

Tools to Prepare

  • Cornice adhesive — A strong bonding agent specifically designed to attach decorative elements.
  • Adhesive Spreader — A tool used to evenly spread the cornice adhesive on the back of the ceiling rose.
  • Sponge — Used to clean off any excess adhesive around the ceiling rose after installation.
  • Sandpaper — Helps in roughening up a painted ceiling surface to ensure better adhesive bonding.
  • Screws — Used to secure the ceiling rose to the ceiling, ensuring it stays in place.
  • Drill — A tool to create holes in the ceiling, especially for light-fitting wiring or for screws.
  • Knife — Useful for trimming or cleaning edges, and possibly for opening the adhesive packaging.
  • Nails — Can be used to temporarily hold the ceiling rose in place while the adhesive dries.
  • Level — To ensure the ceiling rose is perfectly horizontal.
  • Measuring Tape — Helps in measuring the exact position where the ceiling rose will be installed, ensuring it’s centred.
  • Dust Mask — A safety tool worn to prevent inhalation of dust particles, especially when sanding the ceiling.
  • Pencil or Chalk — For marking the exact position where the ceiling rose will be installed.


Before beginning the installation, we need to ensure everything is well-prepared.

  1. If you were pairing your ceiling rose with a chandelier, make sure the light fitting is completed by an electrician first. They can get the wiring work done properly.
  2. Once you’ve done the light fitting, you can proceed to drill the centre part for the wiring line.
  3. Next, you need to deal with the ceiling surface. If your ceiling has a wallpaper surface, you need to peel it from the area where the ceiling rose will be installed. For a painted ceiling, use sandpaper to remove the paint. Don’t forget to wear a dust mask before you start.
  4. Before applying adhesive, it might be helpful to mark the exact position where the ceiling rose will be installed using a pencil or chalk. This ensures that you place it correctly the first time.
  5. Once the ceiling is bare the adhesive can glue the ceiling rose effectively. After completing these preparation steps you can proceed to the installation.

Installation Steps

  1. Firstly, before starting the installation, ensure that the main power is turned off if you’re working near electrical fittings.
  2. You need to mix up the cornice adhesive and then apply it evenly on the back of the ceiling rose with an adhesive spreader.
  3. Next, after applying the adhesive, place the rose in the right position. Install it and make sure you don’t block the light fitting wiring hole.
  4. Press the rose against the ceiling for a few minutes.
  5. After pressing the rose against the ceiling, it might be helpful to use nails to temporarily hold it in place while the adhesive dries.
  6. Ensure the adhesive is totally dry. You can secure the rose by screwing the rose to the ceiling.
  7. Once the adhesive is perfectly set, get a damp sponge to clean any excess adhesive around the ceiling rose.
  8. After everything is set and dry, you might want to paint or finish the ceiling rose to match the ceiling or to give it a fresh look.

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Why Install a Ceiling Rose?

Ceiling roses are not just decorative elements; they serve practical purposes too.

1. Aesthetic look

Ceiling roses are usually made of moulded plaster and feature a beautiful floral ornament or traditional pattern. Sometimes, ceiling roses can have a simpler design.

Regardless, ceiling roses frame a chandelier beautifully, creating a sweet and elegant look compared to a plain ceiling.

2. An elegant way to hide the wires

Installing a chandelier in the living room is one way to make your room look more vibrant. However, the wires are very unsightly and ruin the aesthetics of the chandelier.

A ceiling rose is a perfect way to hide the wires elegantly, supporting the chandelier’s function.

3. Help to secure the chandelier

Installing the ceiling rose along with the chandelier, will improve the structural integrity of the ceiling. Not only will it help secure the chandelier in its place, but it will create a more stable and safe structure.

Enhance Your Ceiling with Elegant Ceiling Roses

Is your ceiling plain and undecorated? Introducing small changes, like adding ceiling roses, can significantly enhance its appearance. If you’re considering installing a ceiling rose, the tips provided earlier will be invaluable.

However, if you have any questions or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Southern Ceiling Repairs offers top-quality ceiling services throughout the South West and Great Southern.

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Reviewed By

  • Mark Churms

    Mark Churms is the owner and operator of Southern Ceiling Repairs, specializing in plasterboard ceiling and wall repairs and installations. With years of hands-on experience, Mark focuses on delivering consistent and high-quality plasterboard repairs and installations.